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2021 Scholarships for Women in Aviation

There are many flight-training scholarships still accepting applications for 2021. Download the interactive PDF scholarship checklist to ensure you've applied to them all.


Scholarships are an excellent way to lower the out-of-pocket expenses associated with flight training. Whether your career goals are to fly Medevac or Captain a 747, there’s a scholarship available for you.

While some deadlines have passed, we have compiled a list of scholarships still accepting applications in 2021 to women interested in fixed-wing flight training in Canada. Download our interactive checklist to ensure you have applied to all award programs.

The following list focuses on available fixed-wing flight training scholarships. Click the name of each scholarship to open the application page, where you will find detailed information on the scholarship criteria such as the amount awarded, application deadline, and whether the scholarship is exclusive to female applicants or open to both men and women. Once you’ve applied, be sure to check the box next to the scholarship in the interactive checklist or print the PDF to keep a hard copy for yourself.

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COPA Neil J. Armstrong Scholarship

For over 25 years, the COPA Neil J, Armstrong Scholarship has helped open doors for the next generation of aviators. The scholarship, created in honor of Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Neil J. Armstrong, financially supports flight training to aspiring aviators.

Up to $10,000 CAD

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Air Canada Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship

Air Canada offers the Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship in honor of the airline’s first female pilot with the goal of helping the next generation of women follow in her trailblazing footsteps. Awarded the past two years, this scholarship exclusively for women has not yet been announced for 2021. Keep an eye out for the application!

99s First Wings Awards

Based on the completion of specific training milestones, the First Wings Awards are available to Student Pilot Members of The 99s who meet the eligibility requirements.

Exclusive to women

Up to $6,000 CAD

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) Awards

Are applicants are required to be members of BCAC

The application deadline for all BCAC scholarships is May 31, 2021

The Len Neufeld Memorial Aviation Scholarship

To honor Len Neufeld, valued former member of the Vernon Flying Club, his family along with members of the VFC established an award to be given annually to a deserving student pilot who is undergoing training at the Vernon Airport. The award is also available to VFC members who are upgrading their license.

$500

Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship Award

This Award may be presented annually to a deserving High School student in British Columbia to assist in completing their Private Pilot’s License.

$6,000

Al Michaud Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a member between the ages of 16 and 19 who must demonstrate commitment to finishing flight training.

$1,000

Conair Group Commercial Aviation Scholarship

Awarded to a B.C. student  to assist in completing their Commercial Pilot’s License; the student will have shown interest in aviation and will have demonstrated a commitment to completing their training. 

$3,000

Michelle Ward Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a student in British Columbia to assist in completing their Commercial Pilot’s license.  The student will have shown an interest in Aviation and will have demonstrated a commitment to complete Commercial Pilot training. 

$2,000

Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship

Awarded to a B.C. female student  in training for Private or Commercial Pilot’s License, or Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License, or in an Airport Operations Program.

Exclusive to women

$1,000

Saskatchewan

Dennis O’Brien/John Iverson Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dennis O’Brien/John Iverson Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc. is a memorial trust fund, administered by the Saskatchewan Aviation Council that promotes aviation by awarding two annual scholarships. 

$1,000

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

International

Scholarships offered through Women in Aviation International

These scholarships are open to international applicants. To apply you are required to hold a Women in Aviation International membership.

Women in Aviation International is thrilled to offer additional 2021 Spring Scholarships in a variety of career pursuits thanks to a generous $250,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. 

Exclusive to women

All WAI scholarships have a deadline application of May 15, 2021.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation CFI Certificate Scholarship

$5,000 USD

Available scholarships: 4

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Instrument Rating Scholarship

$5,000 USD

Available scholarships: 5

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Private Pilot Scholarship

$5,000 USD

Available scholarships: 10

WAI Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship

WAI will award a scholarship to be used for training for a multiengine rating. 

$6,000 USD

Available scholarships: 1

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